Ban Animal Circuses in Dothan Alabama
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Animals were not put on this earth for us to disregard their rights and become tourist attractions. A life is a life, and all life deserves freedom. We can no longer stand idly by while beautiful, exotic animals are being held hostage to perform in a circus. Their lives go from the cage to the stage and each ticket bought encourages animal cruelty.
At first glance, it may be difficult to understand how elephants endure cruelty when they seem to happily walk in circles while children and adults of all ages ride atop their backs or they do seemingly fun tricks. The truth is anything but. While sitting on an elephant’s back does no lasting harm, the grueling process of preparing the animal for hobby riding is inhumane in every way imaginable. Trained elephants are captive elephants. To break them in, handlers deprive them of social contact with their fellow creatures and force them to live in confined areas. Because of their large size, they must be chained for hours each day, and many are beaten with whips, bullhooks, or sticks if they fail to do exactly what their handlers wish them to. Watch this behind the scenes Carson & Barnes Video of them "training" their elephants. This is the same Circus that came to Dothan just a few months ago. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iouGQD6lf6A
There have been more than 35 dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have bolted from circuses, run through streets, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers.
Here is a list of worldwide circus bans. http://www.stopcircussuffering.com/circus-bans/ . And it continues to expand!! LET US BE NEXT ON THE LIST!!!
Please sign and share this petition to show your support against animal abuse and to end the use of exotic animals in circuses. We urge Mayor Mark Saliba and the City of Dothan council members, to ban animal circuses and traveling animal acts in our community. Wild animals belong in the wild!!
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